September 21, 2009
Blair Middle School
Board Members Present: Joan McEnery, Henry Conde, Paige Rose, Irene Blake, Brian Douglas Smith, Susanne Williams, Ted Warren, Jon Hanbury, and Barbara Murphy
Absent: Harry Worley and Michael Spencer
Crime Report – Officer Klein reported to the GNL Board and those attending that this would be her last report as she is retiring from the Norfolk Police force in a few weeks. A new representative has not been currently assigned but will prior to the next meeting and will be in attendance.
Officer Klein reported that there were 24 larcenies, mostly involving from autos and buildings. Bella Pizza was broken into and the register was taken. There were 4
larcenies to individuals. One occurring at Starbucks along Colley Ave, someone stole a computer by force while the victim was sitting outside. On the 800 block of Princess Anne Rd someone attempted a purse snatching. The 600 block of Westover reported a home invasion for the purpose of sexual assault. At the 600 block of Brambleton Ave someone was pick-pocketed.
In regards to the “At Large Sexual Assaults” – Officer Klein reported that in the past couple weeks there didn’t appear to be any more reports. While people need to still be watchful it appears that the perpetrator has left the area for the time being. This individual does appear to be the same who was reported to the GNL several months ago. Officer Klein asked that we remind people to call 911 first when anything of this nature occurs.
Treasure’s Report – $10,779.44 – Invoice 126 for All-ServicesIT.com for website $100 for services thru 2009 – all voted yes to approve.
Pending Planning Commission Items
Fhantom Autoworks by Eric Menden – for the following applications on property
located on the southwest corner of Montebello Avenue and 11th Street, property fronts 144
feet, more or less, along the southern line of 11th Street and 175 feet, more or less, along
the western line of Montebello Avenue; property also fronts 227 feet, more or less, along
the eastern line of Fort Tar Lane; premises numbered 1101 Montebello Avenue:
a. To amend the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Norfolk, 1992 to amend Section
8-6 to allow Automobile Repair in the G-1 (Granby/Monticello Corridor Mixed
Use) district by Special Exception.
b. For a Special Exception for Automobile Repair.
c. For a Special Exception for Automobile Rental.
Mr Menden presented the above changes at the meeting. The property is owned by Mr Menden and he hopes to renovate the property to allow for auto repair shop that works exclusively on antique or classic auto restoration and rents a few vehicles for mostly marketing purposes (i.e. TV commercial, print ads). There will be no vehicles parked outside. The building, dating form 1915, originally was a auto dealership. The GNL board voted 100% yes to have “no objections” to the zoning change.
Design Review –
201 W 21st St – Repaint and adding awnings.
631 Westover – Cox Funeral Home condos – exterior alterations – Proposal would convert the main portion of the property into 3 condos. The chapel would be converted into 2 townhouse units similar to the the grey town homes located on Yarmouth St. The building that connects the main building to the chapel will be removed. The property will have 8 parking spaces, more than required. The outside with be historically preserved and renovated while inside the main staircase and architectural details will be retained.
617 Raleigh – Construction of garage – The home’s exterior is brick, they have asked to build the garage to be constructed with an exterior of hardy plank. They were approved for this material.
601 Raleigh – Installation of Decks and landscaping (decks)
HAPC Report – request for modification to Historic District Use Tables
Draft Letter – 9 (all in attendance) voted yes in NOT reading the long letter
9 (all in attendance) voted yes to approve the letter
G3 delete townhouses – 9 (all in attendance) voted yes to approve
G3 Bed and Breakfast allowed with special exception – 9 (all in attendance) voted yes
Pending Requests/Issues reported to City
630 Boissevain aka Yellow House – pending
Vinyl signs – removed
Warren Crescent – Vinyl fence – looking into
Ghent Neighborhood Candidates Forum:
House of Delegates District 89 Candidates:
Kenneth C Alexander – Delegate Allexander spoke about Virginia’s economy and how it effects budgets. Property taxes go down this means there is less revenue for the state on property taxes. Alexander supports the smoking ban. He is for the city being hard on derelict structures, for the Tagging Bill, which will hold the guilty responsible to the expense to remove the damage and believes in privatized transportation.
Anthony Triplin – Mr Anthony Triplin is for education being protected and fully funded with no budget cuts. In regards to transportation Mr Triplin believes in increasing mass transit to help reduce carbon foot print and be more environmentally consistences and friendly.
House of Delegates District 80 Candidates:
Matthew James – Mr Matthew James believes that innovation will drive a better education system and a better education population. Mr James feels that transportation issues must find a solution and willing to look at all avenues to address current problems and future predicted issues. He also feels that public safety and bringing jobs and economic development is important for Virginia’s future.
Jennifer Lee – Ms Jennifer Lee believes that small business incentives and sensible limited regulations will help promote business and help the economy. Ms Lee feels that education and skilled labor need to work more hand in hand, by providing training for unskilled labor. She also feels the cost of education needs to be lowered. As for transportation she feels we need to use our current assets while looking to future options.
Norfolk Commissioner of the Revenue Candidates:
Sharon McDonnell – Sharon McDonald provides expertise, knowledge and skills to do the job now and in the future. She said proven leader who has revamped the commissioner services to better serve the city. While honoring her pledge since coming into the position she also has added over $35 million in lost revenue while raising the bar in customer service.
Doug Knack – Mr Knack is a active member of the local business organizations Mr Knack feels he can solve inconsistencies with current practices in taxing of businesses. He feels the City of Norfolk needs to be fair in taxation.
Newsletter – Board member Blake reported that article requests have been submitted and hope to have them completed before next meeting.
Community Improvement – none
Membership – none
Publicity/Social Events – none
Communications – none
Program – Board member Murphy would arrange for the Ghent school presidents to speak at October meeting
Approval of July and August Minutes – not done
New Business –
Future Presentation Topics
Items for October Agenda
Area Public School Principals
Adjournment – 9:17 PM